Madsen, Beavers Finish Second at Cowboy Classic

April 7, 2009


Scottsdale, Ariz. The Oregon State men’s golf team finished in second place Tuesday at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a 1-over par 841 (286-274-281).

 

The Beavers once again battled windy condition early in the third round but kept their composure to finish up in second.

 

The story of the tournament for the Beavers however, was freshman Morten Madsen, in only his fourth collegiate event finished second with a 5-under 205 (66-67-72). It is his second top-10 finish, he finished tied for seventh at the Oregon Duck Invitational in March.

 

“He played solidly today,” Oregon State men’s golf head coach Brian Watts said of Madsen after the event. “He only had one birdie which is very uncharacteristic of his game because he usually makes a lot of birdies. He gave himself chances today but the putts just didn’t fall.” 

 

The event marked the best scoring outing for Madsen in his young career. He dropped his scoring average by 1.39, from 73.89 to 72.50 strokes per round.   

 

As a team, the Beavers had one of their best outings of the year. The second place finish marks the team’s fourth top-5 finish of the season.

 

In its last three events, Oregon State has finished third out of 12 at the Oregon Duck Invitational, sixth out of 18 at the 63rd Annual Western Intercollegiate, and now third out of 20.

 

“We played well today but we didn’t get many putts to fall,” Watts said. “We had a lot of looks and they played solidly and fortunately we were able to pull out a second and this time of year that’s really important. We’re looking to continue our good play as we lead up to the Pac-10 Championships.”

 

Junior Paul Peterson followed up his 1-under 69, performance in the second round with another 69 in final round. He finished tied for 15th at even par for the event.

 

“Paul (Peterson), other than a couple of swings, played really well over the final two rounds and really got it going in the second round,” Watts said.

 

Freshman Jonnie Motomochi put up his best round of the Cowboy Classic in the final round with an even par 70 to finish tied for 22nd with a 213 (71-72-70).

 

Senior co-captain Alex Williams came out in the third round and had one of the gutsiest performances of his career. Williams had been up all night with food poisoning and was unsure if he was going to be able to finish the tournament but came out and shot a 1-over 71.

 

It was Williams’ and fellow Beaver Diego Velasquez’s birdies on their final holes that cemented Oregon State its second place finish.

 

Velasquez and Williams both posted 1-over 71’s in the final round to finish tied for 39th and 54th respectively.

 

UC Davis took home the victory with an impressive 15-unver 825 (287-271-267) while its own Austin Graham took home the individual trophy with a 6-under 204 (70-67-67) just one shot in front of Madsen.

 

The Beavers have more than a week off to prepare for the U.S. Intercollegiate in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Stanford University April 18-19.

 

“Usually the golf course is in great condition with quite a lot of rough and firm and fast greens,” Watts said of the Stanford Cardinal’s golf course. “We’re going to have to spend a lot of time putting and chipping in preparation for the U.S. Intercollegiate. For the most part our guys are hitting a lot of fairways and a lot of greens so it comes down to making our putts.”

 

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. UC Davis (287-271-267) 825; 2. Oregon State U. (286-274-281) 841; 3. Texas El Paso, U. of (283-281-278) 842; 4. San Diego, U. of (284-281-278) 843; 5. Fresno State (284-281-280) 845; 6. Northwestern (287-273-289) 849; 7. Idaho, Univ. of (285-289-287) 861; 8. Pacific, U. of the (299-274-289) 862; 9. Southern Utah Univ. (294-279-291) 864; 10. Western Carolina U. (298-283-285) 866; t11. UC Santa Barbara (295-288-285) 868; t11. Boise State Univ. (297-288-283) 868; 13. Gonzaga University (298-291-282) 871; 14. San Jose State (301-285-289) 875; 15. Old Dominion Univ. (300-286-290) 876; 16. Wyoming, U. of (300-285-294) 879; 17. Utah, Univ. of (306-284-290) 880; 18. Grand Canyon Univ. (303-285-294) 882; 19. Weber State Univ. (302-289-294) 885; 20. UC Riverside (310-288-291) 889.

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD

1. Austin Graham, UC Davis (70-67-67) 204; 2. Morten Madsen, Oregon St. (66-67-72) 205; t3. Roger Sloan, UTEP (70-70-66) 206; t3. Nate Pistacchio, UC Davis (75-65-66) 206; t5. Ramie Sprinkling, UC Davis (70-69-68) 207; t5. Gunner Wiebe, San Diego (70-69-68) 207.

 

2. Oregon State U. (286-274-281) 841; - Other Individual Scores

t15. Paul Peterson (72-69-69) 210; t22. Jonnie Motomochi (71-72-70) 213; t39. Diego Velasquez (77-68-71) 216; t54. Alex Williams (77-70-71) 218.

 

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